The Financial Planning Board of Governors Certificate allows graduates upon successful completion of the program to write the Financial Planning Examination Level One (PE1) that is administered by the Financial Planners Standards Council for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) internationally recognized professional designation. Students are required to ensure they successfully complete the program by confirming the qualifying grade required to write the PE1 by visiting fpsc.ca.
Accreditation also requires three years of practical experience, a capstone course (taken after the PE1 exam) and a Financial Planning Examination Level Two (PE2) exam (taken one year after the PE1 exam) to qualify for the CFP designation. Accreditation exams are scheduled twice a year.
O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 Math (recommended)
Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an O.S.S.D.)
Note: Students are encouraged to declare their program of choice with the Registrar's Office when registering for their first course. Students must declare their program of choice by the time they complete the third course in any one program. Applications for this program are not accepted through ontariocolleges.ca.
Financial planning is a career that is currently in demand and will continue to be so in the future. Financial planners will provide crucial tax and estate planning, with a 41 trillion dollar wealth transfer between baby boomers and their children.
Source: The Financial Planning Standards Council, Student Recruitment Brochure Career Profiles projected a growth of 30 per cent for financial advisors from 2008 to 2018. A recent Canadian Living article listed "financial manager" in its list of the top 10 hottest professions that are in-demand, citing the high employment rate.
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